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Gilliam, Morrow, Umatilla, Wheeler County assistance programs.

Find ways to get help with rent, energy bills, free food, and other aid. A couple agencies operate in the area, but the primary location is the Community Action Program of East Central Oregon (CAPECO), Get information on how to get help below.

Neighborhood Center - This non-profit can provide qualified individuals with information on various assistance programs, including clothing, medication assistance programs, free food, utilities and rent. Heppner Oregon. (541) 676-5024.

Community Action Program of East Central Oregon (CAPECO) - This is the community action agency for the Oregon Counties of Gilliam, Morrow, and Wheeler.

Housing programs - The community action agency wants to help people both stay in their homes, and avoid an eviction from their apartment. To help in this capacity they offer the following. Housing options and services for the low income including one-time rental assistance, long term rent subsidies, foreclosure prevention, credit repair, and homeownership education services.

Emergency financial assistance -  This program is wide ranging, but note that assistance varies due to funding from the community action agency.  Some of the services and financial assistance provided can help with paying rent, utilities, housing expenses and lodging.  Some areas may have addition help provided such as funds and grants for prescription assistance, fuel vouchers, heating oil, and laundry vouchers.

Job and career counseling - Counselors can help job seekers prepare workers for full-time unsubsidized employment, career advancement, training, computer skills, and attainment of recognized skills for long-term job retention for new and existing industries. Ideally someone can find a job and/or increase their income.


Energy and Utility Bill Help - Turn to the federal government funded Low-Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP). Counselors can also provide information and services for case managed energy assistance, shutoff utility bill assistance, weatherization, conservation and home energy education. Also click here for more information on Oregon energy assistance.





Food - The community action agency also serves the role of the Regional Food Bank for Oregon Food Bank which supplies USDA commodities, free food, groceries and donated food to area food banks and pantries.

Low income housing - Apartments are owned and managed by the agency, and they can provide short term accommodations to qualified families as well as time for people to save their income so they can obtain a permanent home on their own.

Call the Community Action Program of East Central Oregon (CAPECO) at (541) 278-5671, or find more information on assistance from Community Action of East Central Oregon.





By Jon McNamara

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